Black Culture Fest: A Celebration of the African Diaspora is an annual Oakland Public Library effort, now in its fourth year, coordinated by Black OPL staff who happily and proudly share the brilliance and strength of our heritages.
Black Culture Fest
Black History Month 2023 - Resistance
2023 Black History Month theme of “Resistance" explores the history of African Americans resistance to systemic oppression, in all forms
Black Children's Book Week
Join Librarian Pat, Tuesday, February 28 - Thursday, March 2 for pop-up storytime in the community.
Nairobi Barnes Announced as 2023 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate
Jun 03, 2023
Nairobi Barnes, 18 years old, has been named the 2023 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, winning a $5000 scholarship.
Black Culture Fest Events and Exhibits
Reading is Resistance
Sounds of Freedom
African American Staff Lists
Slam! The Poetry of Black Resistance
Spoken word and the art of Black resistance are showcased in this selection of OPL titles.
Nu School Sounds of Resistance
In the early days of Hip-Hop, the music and messages have served as a voice of resistance, social consciences, and pro-blackness. Listen up!
Ole' School Sounds of Freedom
For Black people across the diaspora, music has played a crucial role in our fight towards freedom.
Black History Month Resources
Black History Resources
Afro-Latinx/Afro-Caribbean connections in California and celebrating the shared histories of African American and Latinx activism.
Global Black Cinema & the Art of Filmmaking!
Get inspired by this rich and varied sampling of historical, documentary and narrative photographic/cinematic work- all available at OPL!
Black Panther Newspapers
The Black Panther was the official newspaper for the Black Panther Party, founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1967.
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